Ballou retains her seat as board chair with Little Falls schools

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

Sharon Ballou was elected for the second year as the Little Falls School Board chair Tuesday night by an unanimous vote of other board members. She said she was appreciative of the fact the board felt she had done a good job during the past year.

Brad Laager retained his position as vice-chair and Cathy Adamek also kept her seat as clerk treasurer.

These are one-year positions.

The School Board also voted to continue compensating Board members at the same rate as in 2013. That includes a $300 per month stipend; a one-time $300 annual stipend to the Board chair; a $100 per-day stipend for any Board member required to perform official business for a full day (at least six hours); a $50 stipend for any member required to perform official business for at least three hours; a $50,000 term life insurance policy; and the establishment of a fund for mileage, travel costs, registrations and other items with an annual limit of $2,500 for each member.

The 2014 calendar for School Board meetings was accepted by all members. Each business meeting will be held on the third Monday of the month except for November, when the meeting is held Nov. 10, the second Monday of the month.

When there is no school scheduled on the third Monday of the month, the meetings will move to the following day, Tuesday.

The Board voted to have special meetings in February, March, April and May, if necessary. This meeting will be held the first Monday of the month.

All meetings begin at 5 p.m.

Little Falls School Board briefs 

Other business conducted by the Little Falls School Board Monday night included:

• Consenting to have Jessica Platz change positions from a six-hour paraprofessional to a halftime Title I teacher at Lindbergh Elementary School;

• Accepting the Education Minnesota Little Falls seniority list as presented;

• Designating several institutions as depositories for district funds;

• Giving Business Manager Nancy Henderson the authorization to invest excess district funds;

• Authorizing the use of the Board chair or Board treasurer’s facsimile signature as necessary to transact district business;

• Authorizing Supt. Stephen Jones to contact an attorney when appropriate for district legal services;

• Designating the Morrison County Record as the district’s official newspaper for 2014;

• Permitting Henderson to pay any district obligations in advance of Board approval;

• Authorizing the administration to lease, purchase or contract for goods and services as long as it’s within the board-approved budget; and

• Accepting gifts of $500 from Walmart to Lindbergh Elementary School and 25 $25 gift cards to district families in need from AirBorn.

The next School Board meeting will be held at the Morrison County Government Center Tuesday, Jan. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. School will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.